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President Washington’s Farewell Address

American Minute with Bill Federer The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolken describes man's insatiable lust for "the Ring of Power," as Gandalf exclaimed: "Always...

John Langdon died SEPTEMBER 18, 1819

American Minute with Bill Federer John Langdon was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1741 and grew up as a member of the North Congregational...

Emerson, “America is another name for opportunity…”

American Minute with Bill Federer "Done ... the SEVENTEENTH DAY of SEPTEMBER, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven." This...

Pilgrims, Mayflower and God

American Minute with Bill Federer SEPTEMBER 16, 1620, according to the Gregorian Calendar, 102 passengers set sail on the Pilgrims' ship, Mayflower, with the blessings...

William Howard Taft born SEPTEMBER 15, 1857

American Minute with Bill Federer He was the only U.S. President to be appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was William Howard...

Harvard’s purpose – “To train a literate clergy”

American Minute with Bill Federer John Harvard's grandfather lived in Stratford-upon-Avon and was an associate of Shakespeare's father. His father was a butcher and owner of...

Thomas McIntyre Cooley died SEPTEMBER 12, 1898

American Minute with Bill Federer The dean of the University of Michigan Law School was Thomas McIntyre Cooley, who died SEPTEMBER 12, 1898. Thomas M. Cooley...

On this day – SEPTEMBER 11

American Minute with Bill Federer SEPTEMBER 11, 1565: Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent dominated the Mediterranean, with intentions of not only invading Sicily, Sardinia, Majorca, and southern...

Joseph Story died SEPTEMBER 10, 1845

American Minute with Bill Federer His father was a Boston Tea Party "Indian." He graduated second in his class from Harvard, was a U.S. Representative, then...

California – the 31st State SEPTEMBER 9, 1850

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1535, Hernán Cortés explored the Baja California Peninsula, sailing the Sea of Cortés and founding the city of La...

Japan surrendered SEPTEMBER 2, 1945

American Minute with Bill Federer Imperial Japan's emperor claimed to be an incarnate divinity who was to be obeyed completely. It was forbidden for his...

John Bunyan’s – The Pilgrim’s Progress

American Minute with Bill Federer He was imprisoned 12 years for preaching without a license from the government. This was John Bunyan, who died AUGUST 31,...

Enemies foreign and domestic

American Minute with Bill Federer In July of 1775, General Washington appointed Dr. Benjamin Church as the first surgeon general of the Continental Army. Three months...

A “Talk” to the Cherokee Nation

American Minute with Bill Federer The Pulitzer Prize winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, written by Jared Diamond (1997), documented...

“I have a dream …”

American Minute with Bill Federer "I have a dream ... where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little...

The Battle of Brooklyn Heights

American Minute with Bill Federer King George III's British army was forced to evacuate Boston. They headed to New York. General George Washington responded by moving American...

19th Amendment passed AUGUST 26, 1920

American Minute with Bill Federer Six thousands years of humans writing down history reveal the most common form of government has been a monarchy. The most...

Oliver Hazard Perry died AUGUST 23, 1819

American Minute with Bill Federer Among the U.S. Navy and Marine heroes confronting Tripoli's Muslim Barbary pirates was Captain James Lawrence. In 1804, Captain Lawrence was...

On this day August 22…

American Minute with Bill Federer Between 1699 and 1760, in the Louisiana Territory, the French founded 5 major settlements on the east side of the...

James Wilson, “Religion and Law are twin sisters…”

American Minute with Bill Federer He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President Washington appointed him...

Our government rests upon religion

American Minute with Bill Federer 300,000 miles on horseback, from the Atlantic to the Appalachians, from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, for 45 years,...

Bill Clinton born AUGUST 19, 1946

American Minute with Bill Federer "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!" wrote Sir Walter Scott in his poem...

What then is the spirit of liberty?

American Minute with Bill Federer "A conservative among liberals, and a liberal among conservatives," he was not consistently conservative enough for Republican President Warren G. Harding...

Without God there could be no American form of Government

American Minute with Bill Federer After having the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, General George Washington issued the order, July 9, 1776: "Commanding officers...

Survival of Civilization

American Minute with Bill Federer V-J Day, AUGUST 14, 1945, President Harry S Truman stated at a News Conference announcing the end of World War...

Being Grateful to God

American Minute with Bill Federer "O Beautiful, For Spacious Skies, For Amber Waves of Grain ..." Almost chosen as the National Anthem in 1926, "America the...

The Communist goals for America

American Minute with Bill Federer In an attempted to warn the nation, the Democrat Congressman from Florida, Albert S. Herlong, Jr., read into the U.S...

Herbert Hoover born August 10, 1874

American Minute with Bill Federer Herbert Hoover was born AUGUST 10, 1874. His Quaker mother taught Sunday School and spoke at Friend's meetings before she died...

Marcus Whitman – missionary and pioneer

American Minute with Bill Federer After the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to explore the Northwest from May 1804...

Richard Nixon resigned on AUGUST 8, 1974

American Minute with Bill Federer White House scandals have been motivated by greed, love of power, lust, or a conviction that one's political agenda is...